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Mar. 27, 2005
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60 min.
ABC TV Network

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Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy is a highly acclaimed medical drama that focuses on Meredith Grey as she struggles to maintain relationships while staying sharp at her new job. At Seattle Grace Hospital, she and her fellow doctors make new friends, new enemies and new lovers. The series follows through the hospital, finding personal and professional decisions are not black and white, only shades of grey.

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Dr. George O'Malley Grey's Anatomy
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Dr. George O'Malley

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George O'Malley was the son of Harold and Louise O'Malley. He started work at Seattle Grace Hospital and after a bad start, he became one of the best with a great interest in trauma. Fellow resident Izzie Stevens became his best friend and for a while he was married to Callie Torres. He was kind-hearted, compassionate, loyal and had an excellent bedside manner. He died in surgery shortly after jumping in front of a bus to save a woman's life.

Season One

Dr. George O'Malley is one of Meredith Grey's roommates. He has been infatuated with Meredith Grey since he first met her, but she continually fails to notice, or chooses to ignore, his affection.

He immediately becomes close to Izzie and they remained best and very close friends until his death.

During the beginning of his internship, he is picked by Dr. Preston Burke to perform the first surgery out of all the interns. During the surgery, he chokes and earns the nickname "007" (after James Bond's License to Kill). In the next season, George and Alex Karev get stuck in an elevator with a patient who has been shot. The patient begins to bleed out and when Alex freezes up, Burke has to talk George through surgery and George "flies solo" for the first time.

George starts to date a nurse named Olivia in Season 1, from whom he contracts syphilis which she contracted from Alex.

Season Two

George finally admits his feelings to Meredith, and they impulsively decide to sleep together. Halfway through, Meredith starts crying, leaving George mortified. Their friendship is strained momentarily. After accidentally falling down the steps to avoid Meredith, he dislocates his shoulder. When he is getting it checked out, he meets and starts to date Dr. Callie Torres, an orthopedic surgeon at Seattle Grace.

Season Three

During a camping trip, he learned from Alex that Callie had slept with Dr. Mark Sloan, and also witnessed one of Burke's hand tremors. He confronted Cristina with his suspicions about Burke's problems after his father was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and a leaking aortic valve that would require surgery.

Concerned about Burke's current abilities as a surgeon, he contacted Dr. Erica Hahn to perform his father's valve replacement. His relationship with Callie was strained when he confronted her about her fling with Sloan, but as his father's condition deteriorated, George slowly allowed Callie to re-enter his life. George suffered a devastating loss when the difficult decision was made to take his father off life support after complications from cancer surgery left him in multi-system organ failure. Afterwards, Cristina confides to George that her father died when she was very young, and that he (George) is now a member of the "Dead Dads Club". She notes, somberly, "I'm sorry you had to join the club", before walking away.

In an attempt to overcome the grief he experienced from his father's death, he secluded himself with his girlfriend and pursued a highly sexual relationship. He asks her to marry him and they eloped to Las Vegas. Callie continually insists that George favors his friends (Izzie in particular) over her, and they had a serious fight where Callie told George that Izzie has feelings for him, and ultimately kicked him out of their hotel room. George then went to Izzie, confessing that he feels he may have made a mistake in marrying Callie, and ends up having sex with Izzie while the two are heavily inebriated.

George is torn over what to do about both Izzie and Callie. He put in for a transfer to nearby hospital Mercy-West, thinking the only way to resolve his feelings for Izzie is to be away from her. His request is granted, barring his success on the intern exam. After Izzie realizes how conflicted George is and not wanting to lose her best friend, she lies to George and says that sleeping with him meant nothing and that she doesn't have feelings for him. In the finale of the show's third season, Izzie admitted to being in love with George. It was revealed that George failed his intern exams.

Season Four

By the time the summer ended, George seemed to have changed his mind and went ahead with repeating his internship with Meredith as his resident. He also has a change of heart about his feelings for Izzie and tells her he loves her. Later, he finally tells Callie that he had an affair with Izzie. Callie tried to forgive him and shift all the blame to Izzie, but George says she cannot forgive what he did; Callie ends up agreeing. Callie then bluntly tells the rest of the hospital about George and Izzie. He breaks up with Izzie soon after due to timing, but continues to be good friends with her.

Initially, none of the interns knew that George was a repeat intern. Lexie kept his secret, and stayed by his side as a friend when all of the other interns find out about it. He moves in with her and starts accepting and living with what he has, befriending the other interns and hosting a party at their ugly apartment. In the season 4 finale, it is revealed that George failed the intern exam by only 1 point and received 14 outstanding letters of recommendation, making him and Lexie doubt his repeated internship even more. During a brief outburst at the chief, George is allowed to re-take the intern exam. When he comes home to Lexie, they share a brief celebratory kiss.

Season Five

George finally passes his intern exam, after a little difficulty from a hospital flooding. Also during this time, he seems to treat Lexie with even less respect, someone who has been harboring feelings for him since the season 4 finale. The final straw occurs when he receives his new interns and Lexie discovers he hadn't the decency to even ask to have her assigned to him. She breaks down in front of him, calling herself stupid and him, a jerk. George tries to patch things up between them afterward, but Lexie starts to avoid him. Despite this, she finally decides to apologize and give a peace offering at the end of the night. Their friendship suffers nonetheless, in which she shuts him out of her life and doesn't tell him what's going on; even when she participates in a secret intern society.

George tries to refocus on his friendship with Izzie, as he begins to worry that something's truly wrong with her, when she begins acting strangely and having hallucinations. He continues to assist her in games for the interns, and other activities, and starts to notice signs of deteriorating health. As such, George asked Izzie many times if there was something wrong with her but she remained persistent that she was alright. When Izzie eventually admitted her illness to Cristina, and was admitted to the hospital, he was angry and disappointed that she chose to go to Cristina with her sickness and not himself. He even shut himself off to smashing used orthopedic casts when she was undergoing a procedure; however, after some encouraging words from Callie, George chose to finally support his friend. Furthermore, he exchanged harsh words with Alex while coping with the possibility of losing his friend, as well as losing her love to Alex. During her wedding with Alex, however, George walked a weak Izzie to the altar.

During this time, George started showing a talent for trauma surgery, a talent that eventually gained the attention of Dr. Owen Hunt. Hunt would eventually become his mentor and teacher, offering him advice and help. After an Iraq veteran comes to Seattle Grace to receive a prosthetic leg, George enlists for the army as a trauma surgeon, which shocks Bailey. Along with Callie and the rest of George's fellow residents, Bailey stages an 'intervention' to convince George to stay in Seattle. Their plans are cut short when a trauma case arrives, a John Doe who was hit and dragged by a bus for meters (which maimed his face) after pushing away a woman who was almost hit instead. When Callie and Bailey later team up to get George out of the surgery he scrubbed in for, the Chief informs them he sent George home, since he was leaving for the army the next day. At the same time, the trauma patient wakes up and writes "007" on Meredith's hand. ("007," a reference to James Bond and his licence to kill, was a nickname given to George by his fellow interns when he almost lost his first patient during a routine procedure in the first season.) She realizes in horror their John Doe is, in fact, George. She informs the rest and they rush him to surgery. His heart rate flatlines during this time and meets up with best friend Izzie in a heaven-like scene. His fate, along with Izzie's, is left unknown at the close of the season finale.

Season Six

Following the events of the season five finale, Derek, Callie, Meredith and Owen are desperately trying to save George. Derek eventually realizes it is too late and, reluctant to call a formal end to the resuscitation code, declares him braindead. Callie leaves in a state of hyperventilation, while the Chief summons George's mother and Meredith sadly delivers the news to the rest of the team. No one believes Meredith when she tells them George traced "007" in her hand; however, Callie returns to George's room and cries upon recognizing a freckle on his arm. Mrs. O'Malley arrives and asks Callie to decide what to do with George's organs; Callie ultimately defers to his best friend Izzie, who says George would have given every piece of his body to save others.

As they leave George's funeral, Izzie, Alex, Meredith and Cristina unexpectedly burst into uncontrollable laughter about the ridiculous idea that George is dead. Over the next few weeks, everyone at Seattle Grace copes with his death in various ways, each going through their five stages of grief, ultimately ending with acceptance that George is gone.

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Season 13, Episode 22
07x11 - Disarm
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